Toby and Oz ‘Switch’ powers in exclusive ‘Listener’ online series
What would happen if telepathic paramedic Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) suddenly lost his powers and his wisecracking sidekick Oz (Ennis Esmer) had them instead?
Fans of “The Listener” can now find out with an exclusive new online series titled “Switch,” which premieres Wednesday, Aug. 15 on CTV.ca and the CTV App.
The first two of six webisodes will roll out online following the Wednesday evening broadcast of “The Listener,” with new webisodes launching each week.
Spun off the hit series, “Switch” is a complement to the third season of “The Listener.” After Toby and Oz are suddenly jolted by a defibrillator while on duty for the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB), Toby’s mind-reading powers are somehow transferred to Oz. While Toby uses his powers to help others, Oz takes advantage of his newfound abilities by winning at poker and trying to pick up women. But the two will have to work together to solve a tough case involving a beautiful and mysterious woman who captures Oz’s attention.
“’Switch’ represents an evolution of our online strategy to leverage existing programs into relatable, valuable multi-platform content, said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice President, Programming, CTV Networks. “Its unique content, spun off from an original hit drama and we look forward to doing more high-quality, innovative extensions.”
“With ‘Switch,’ we’re giving fans of ‘The Listener’ a different take on the characters they love, and having some fun with the ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ meme,” said Jay Bennett, Vice President, Smokebomb Entertainment. “The series really highlights how well Toby copes with his abilities, and gives Oz a chance to take a joy ride in the driver’s seat.”
‘Switch’ is directed by Laurie Lynd, written by Bobby Theodore and produced by Jay Bennett of Smokebomb Entertainment - the award-winning digital media division of Shaftesbury - with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, in association with Bell Media Inc.
New episodes of “The Listener” air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV, with full episodes available online at CTV.ca.